Robert Skinner

Research Associate

Robert Skinner PhD is is a former director of OIES and has previously held roles as vice president of Oil Sands Total E&P Canada Ltd, director of the International Energy Agency’s policy office, assistant deputy minister for energy commodities (Canadian Government), and senior vice president at Statoil Canada. He is an executive fellow at the School of Public Policy and energy research strategy adviser at the University of Calgary, and consults for industry, governments, and academic institutions in Canada and abroad through Kimacal Energy Strategies, his private consultancy based in Calgary. He is on the external advisory board of the Center for Energy Economics of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas.

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